“Getting away from it all” doesn’t mean the same thing it once did. The idea used to be that you would leave all modern conveniences aside and rough it in the wild for a few days. It is now more about going off-grid but remaining in touch with the digital world.
In new sports such as geocaching, it would be impossible to participate without staying in contact with civilization. For modern campers, a certain degree of power usage is inevitable for a host of reasons, and that means that some degree of recharging is also needed.
Here is a list of 5 products that can keep you charged up and ready to go.
Renogy 200 Watt Foldable Solar Panel
Renogy has designed a portable power source that folds up like a suitcase for high demand off-grid applications. With a padded exterior case and a built-in 5 amp charge controller, all you really need to do is plug into your system, and you can keep your batteries topped off with ease and without fear of overcharging.
Ryno-Tuff Portable Solar Charger
Of course not everybody headquarters their outdoor expeditions in an RV. For those on foot in the wilderness, the Ryno-Tuff portable solar charger is light and compact enough to be easily backpackable. Yet it still offers a respectable 21 watts of full sunshine power to keep all your personal digital devices at full capacity for however long your trip may last. Weighing in at just one measly pound, you can hardly afford not to take it with you.
Renogy 175 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Solar Panel
Even in the great outdoors, there is a place for fixed solar panels. One of those places is firmly attached to the top of an RV. Instead of dragging out portable systems and hooking them up, flexible panels can be attached to any surface and stay there permanently without fear of damage or loss. In addition to their value out on the road, these panels also serve as nice trickle chargers while your land yacht sits at home. You won’t ever fear dead batteries again.
Newpowa 200W Monocrystalline Solar Panel
Off-grid power doesn’t necessarily need to be mobile at all. In some cases, you just want the highest efficiency and lowest weight possible, so you can power up your secret hideaway or vacation cabin. For those applications, the Newpowa 200W monocrystalline panel is light. This makes it easy to get up on those high slope cabin roofs, and the amount of power one pumps out means that you will need fewer panels than from some other manufacturer.
Rich Solar 100 Watt 12 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel
For those on a budget, the Rich Solar 100 Watt panel offers the best of both worlds. It is cheaper than monocrystalline panels but still puts out a lot of power for its size. You can buy them one at a time and gradually build yourself a formidable array.